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Comment: Re:I know one (Score 1) 312

by trout007 (#46244335) Attached to: Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

I'm lucky enough to have an excellent engineering manager right now. When he got hired most of us were thinking "Oh great here is another manager:" He came in and said "You guys do great work. My job is to make it easier for you to do your job." We didn't believe him at first but he has proven himself. He came up with a project management database that helped us get our crap together. Instead of jobs falling through the cracks we now have it documented. He was flexible with what we had to fill in. When we complained a field was taking too long to fill in he got rid of it. It has really helped with upper management because when they come around to ask what do we work on we have thousands of records of every little task we do and for whom.

Comment: Re:Inability to digest milk (Score 1) 144

by trout007 (#46089903) Attached to: How Farming Reshaped Our Genomes

This doesn't necessarily mean humans didn't drink milk. If you leave milk out for any period of time it naturally ferments into yogurt (or something similar). This process the bacteria converts the lactose into lactic acid. This acid then denatures the proteins which is why yogurt is more of a gel. Many people that can't drink milk have no problem eating fully fermented milk products.

Comment: Re:Absolute B$ (Score 1) 85

by trout007 (#46089885) Attached to: World's First Multi-Color, Multi-Polymer 3D Printer Unveiled

This is actually just a modification of the existing Objet printer. We have one at work and it mixes 2 resins. This gives it a great capability. You can load a soft rubber like resin and a hard resin. Then you can program it to create any hardness in between and it will do it by mixing them. So what this new machine does is just add another (or more) resins to the mix so you can control color as well.

Comment: Re:False equivalence much? (Score 1) 518

by trout007 (#46009379) Attached to: Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Here is how I think it would play out if there was an unrestricted market. Life insurance companies would be able to write life insurance policies that give them ownership of a particular organ. Now depending on your age and health condition you would receive some sort of discount on your premiums. Let's say I have a $500k policy but my organs would go for $200k. They can offer a premium on the difference. This puts incentives in the proper place. They don't want you to die because they have to still pay out a claim. But if you do die they will try to sell the organs as fast as possible. The insurance companies may even try to develope technology to make the organs last longer.

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